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Research Silo has ample experience working with nanostructured, porous inorganic materials. Her PhD project was based on the synthesis of a nature-inspired, nanoporous silica composite membrane for bio-separations. Her expertise in this area extends to the characterization and testing of other hierarchically structured materials.
Her current research work is focused on the development of a silicate-based bioactive aerogel material, able to produce hydroxyapatite and fluorapatite on its surface, for multiple applications in dentistry including a bone graft substitute material and a remineralising toothpaste. Our research goal is to design a hierarchical material that can overcome a number of limitations that exist with current materials of its kind. Silo’s work also involves a commercial aspect of the development of this material to viable products, able to be used by our target customers and end-users.
1. S. Meoto, M.-O. Coppens, Anodic alumina-templated synthesis of mesostructured silica membranes-current status and challenges, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2014, 2 (16), 5640-5654.
2. S. Meoto, N. Kent, M. M. Nigra, and M.-O. Coppens, Mesostructure of Mesoporous Silica/Anodic Alumina Hierarchical Membranes Tuned with Ethanol, Langmuir, 2017, 33, 4823-4832.
3. S. Meoto, N. Kent, M. M. Nigra, and M.-O. Coppens, Effect of stirring rate on the morphology of FDU-12 mesoporous silica particles, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 2017, 249, 61-66.